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Report: Tampa's red light cameras failing to keep drivers safe

Back in 2011, the Tampa City Council made the highly controversial decision to install red light cameras at 22 intersections throughout the city, meaning anyone caught running a red light could expect to receive a rather expensive citation in the mail once their license plates were run through the system.

While the red light cameras have proven lucrative -- raking in $11.7 million from November 2011 to June 2015 -- critics have argued that not only has the bulk of this money gone to American Traffic Solutions, which installs and runs the system, but that the revenue for the city has actually declined significantly in recent years.

Now these same critics are pointing to another area in which red light cameras have failed to live up to their expectations: safety.

Indeed, a report released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles just last month made the following disturbing findings:

  • Intersections with red light cameras saw accidents increase by an average of 15 percent since the initial installation
  • Intersections with red light cameras saw accidents resulting in serious personal injuries increase by an average of 30 percent since the initial installation

Closer to home, FDOT found that accidents at eight of the Tampa intersections increased by 50 percent since the initial installation, while a city audit found that accidents at all 22 intersections increased by 39 percent since the initial installation.  

In light of figures like these, it appears increasingly likely that the city council will opt not to renew its contact with ATS when it finally expires in April, meaning the days of red light cameras may soon be behind us.

What are your thoughts on this?

Have you been seriously injured in an accident caused by a driver speeding through an intersection trying to beat the light? If so, please consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible to learn more about how you can seek justice. 

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